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The Slime

Discussion in 'Carp Discussions' started by Anth, Aug 28, 2004.

  1. i was siting at the spillway at knox when i saw my line moveing down the river lol. i realed it up the wall and he must of been 5lbs or more. when i threw him back i looked at my hand and was like OMG LOOK AT ALL THIS SLIME!!
    Q:whats up with all the slime(goo w/e) on them ??
     
  2. catking

    catking Banned

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    This is the protective coating found on all fish. But bigger cats and carp seem to have more, because they are bigger ;) This is why it is VERY important to wet ones hands first before handling fish that are C&R. I have seen many dead fish with a perfect hand print on their sides. They die as a result of fungus bacteria that attacked the slimeless area on the fish after being handled by a dry hand.......... CATKING
     

  3. tpet96

    tpet96 Banned

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    Always good to wet your hands/net before netting/handling ANY fish. The protective slime will not come off on wet items.
     
  4. PAYARA

    PAYARA THE ONE YOU LOVE TO HATE

    also,you will notice theres alot more of it and it smells
    stronger this time of year.
     
  5. tpet96

    tpet96 Banned

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    Payara,

    Personally, I think it has to do with warmer waters / adaptation thing. Higher bacteria levels in the warmer water....more protective coating.
     
  6. PAYARA

    PAYARA THE ONE YOU LOVE TO HATE

    Shawn,exactly! as carp were originaly built for temprate
    climates,any hint of warmer waters they grow a thicker coat.
    they do love their warm water,but this is when they are prone
    disease.

    BTW-you have heard some of the people at the CAG board talking
    of tracking carp by seing their slime on the surface?this aint BS.
    there has to be a GOOD number of near by carp but it is possible
    to track them this way.its not often you see alot of it,or it misses your
    eye.but grass carp really leave it behind,possibly more noticeable bcause
    they ussually cruise near the surface.its an interesting topic(i think)
    and kind of makes sence when you reel in a line and you find a few
    small globs of slimy junk caught on it.must mean they are near by :D
     
  7. tpet96

    tpet96 Banned

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    I've heard that.....and have noticed "slicks" along weedlines, on teh shallow sides. I'm betting that's what they are. Heck......the fish I landed at Salinda in IN in June.......you couldn't even hold them they were so slimey.